Category: Columns

Does AG’s report bode well for Nanticoke?

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady Ontario’s Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk delivered a report last week that revealed what many of us have suspected – developers had a massive influence over the Ontario government’s Greenbelt land swap. I saw shades of the Nanticoke development proposal in the Special Report on Changes to the Greenbelt. First and foremost,

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The unanswered questions about battery power

By Bobbi Ann Brady Haldimand-Norfolk MPP As we rush towards meeting the prime minister’s imposed deadline of ending production of fossil fuel vehicles by 2030, many unanswered questions remain. In case you missed it, Toyota was recently under fire when company president Akio Toyoda questioned if EVs should be pursued as the only option for

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Issue of farmland and development not unique to Ontario

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady A few weeks ago, I attended the Council of State Governments Midwestern Legislative Conference in Detroit. In my social media feeds, which primarily included photos of what I saw in Detroit, I promised to write about what I learned. The first session was with Kansas State Representative Mari-Lynn Poskin, who

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More respect for Ontario’s Conservation Officers

By Bobbi Ann Brady When we consider people who uphold the law, we think of those who protect our greatest resource – people and their property. But there are resources that are protected daily by other people who carry a gun and enforce the law. They are Conservation Officers (COs). In short, COs protect our natural

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The Grain Farmers of Ontario helps put food on our tables

By Bobbi Ann Brady MPP In the beginning of July, I had the pleasure of heading next door to Elgin for the Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) meeting. And the next day accompanied them on a portion of their farm tour. My brain was tweaked with interesting new observations and increased knowledge of how farms are operating

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Sounds of summers past in Port Dover

By Bobbi Ann Brady MPP Summertime and music in Haldimand-Norfolk go hand in hand, and toe to toe on the dance floor I might add. There’s a long tradition of music festivals or at least music being played at gatherings. Currently on tap we’ve got Hagersville Rocks with their exciting line-up featuring the likes of

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Open a can of worms and get fishing

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady Since the earliest days of Haldimand-Norfolk, fishing has been an integral part of not only the economy but also a way for people to put food on the table. This week is the annual Free Family Fishing week in Ontario when Canadian residents can fish without a license. Normally, residents

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Summer celebrations abound in Haldimand and Norfolk

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady Canada Day is our nation’s birthday, and it is also the unofficial start of what is a busy summer full of events across our area. And as an historical note, I’ll add that since July 1, 1868, Canadians have been celebrating the birth of Canada, which was on July 1,

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Government floats idea of three severances per farm

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady Just before the Easter holiday weekend, the Ontario Government announced more changes to development policy that would change the longstanding policy of not allowing lot severances off farms. The changes were wrapped up in Bill 97 — the Helping Homebuyers, Protecting Tenants Act, as well as a new provincial planning

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Year one as your MPP – the best year of my life

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady It’s been a year since Haldimand-Norfolk elected me as its Member of Provincial Parliament. It’s been a year I will never forget. Last June 2nd the people of Haldimand-Norfolk did something truly courageous by going to the ballot box and choosing an independent. Since that time, it’s been my mission to be

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